turpitude

[ tur-pi-tood, -tyood ]SEE DEFINITION OF turpitude
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TURPITUDE

If this turpitude were published, it would be said that he had fathered it.

The moral quality of the act is the same; the difference is wholly in the degree of turpitude.

I know the turpitude of these crows, and their lack of respect for merit and birth.

It needs no argument to prove the turpitude of such a people.

Just then, however, writing out the story of his turpitude, she must needs have him in her mind.

With him Nero could always throw off the mask, and display the depths of his own turpitude.

The whole earth seemed to him to be made of glass to reveal his turpitude.

But now the turpitude and guilt of the Executive were revealed.

From the turpitude of her daughter's conduct, she proceeded to its consequences.

Note them well, for they are the measure of English turpitude.

WORD ORIGIN

"depravity, infamy," late 15c., from Middle French turpitude (early 15c.), from Latin turpitudinem (nominative turpitudo) "baseness," from turpis "vile, ugly, base, shameful," used in both the moral and the physical senses; of unknown origin. Perhaps originally "what one turns away from" (cf. Latin trepit "he turns").

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TURPITUDE

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.